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Report: Nets signing Yanick Moreira

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Fernando Medina

Yanick Moreira averaged 17.8 points and 8.2 rebounds in the 2014 World Cup, each mark higher than any Team USA player – including Anthony Davis, Kenneth Faried and DeMarcus Cousins – posted.

Of course, the driving factor was Angola’s need for Moreira to carry the team. The Americans were more balanced. Three other players – Andray Blatche, Hamed Haddadi and Luis Scola – bested both Moreira’s scoring and rebounding numbers in the tournament.

But Moreira handling so much responsibility in the premier international basketball event outside the Olympics says something about his ability. All three of those other players (Blatche, Haddadi and Scola) have played in the NBA.

Will Moreira follow them?

Shams Charania of Yahoo Sports:

Moreira becomes the seventh Net without a fully guaranteed salary – joining Quincy Miller, Dahntay Jones, Willie Reed, Donald Sloan, Markel Brown and Ryan Boatright. That’ll be one heck of a training-camp competition for Brooklyn’s final three regular-season roster spots.

And I think Moreira has a chance, though we know more about him than his spectacular World Cup.

He also represented Angola in this year’s AfroBasket, spent a couple seasons at Southern Methodist and went undrafted in June. The 6-foot-11 center is a good athlete for his size, but at age 24, he’s not quite as polished as you’d hope. He can finish around the basket, though his rim protection – especially for his height – is questionable.

But there are flaws in the other six Nets vying to make the team. It might come down to Moreira vs. Reed to become the third center behind Brook Lopez and Andrea Bargnani.